This theory proposes that, as far as instruction is concerned, the instructor should try and encourage students to discover principles by themselves. Put simply, students construct knowledge from their own experiences.
The instructor and student should engage in an active dialog (i.e., socratic learning). The task of the instructor is to translate information to be learned into a format appropriate to the learner’s current state of understanding.
Curriculum should be organized in a spiral manner so that the student continually builds upon what they have already learned.
- It emphasises big concepts
- It uses sources other than textbooks
- learning is interactive and there is exchange between students and teacher
- students are active learners
- emphasis is more on the basic skills
- textbooks are the main resource
- learning is rote memorization and repetition
- students are passive learners